From Takeout to Five-Star Dining: Let's Do Lunch in Cancun

From fast food or take-out sandwiches to gourmet or waterfront dining, when you are in search of a delicious lunch in Cancun there are plenty of options.  

For low-priced options, check out Ty-Coz, Los de Pescado, El Galeon del Caribe, Blue Gecko Cantina or The Surfin Burrito, all located in the Hotel Zone.  Ty-Coz serves up some of the best baguette sandwiches in Cancun. There is only a take-out window and a couple of tables on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. The Surfin Burrito offers made-to-order burritos and tacos, as well as grilled items, like jerk chicken or barbecue ribs, and is open 24 hours a day. Casual seafood restaurant Los de Pescado only has about six options on their menu, but they are all delicious. El Galeon del Caribe aka Las Pescadillas offers an authentic local experience in the Hotel Zone. Blue Gecko Cantina serves huge tacos with a twist, and creative cocktails.

For mid-priced meals, El Fish Fritanga, Vegan Planet and Le Natura are all excellent choices.

If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, El Cafe Mexicano and Mocambo fit the bill. Mocambo serves seafood and is one of the only independent restaurants (not in a resort) in the Hotel Zone that is located on the Caribbean Sea. El Cafe Mexicano, located inside The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, has a lunch buffet as well as a full menu of scrumptious dishes.

Many other lunch options can be found in La Isla Shopping Village, Kukulcan Plaza and Forum by the Sea.   



If you're a vegetarian or vegan this is your restaurant in Cancun, and even if you're not, you should still give Vegan Planet a try. Chef Miguel Bautista not only prepares amazing food completely free of animal components but also incorporates...  Read More

Hotel Zone


Le Natura is located in the heart of the Hotel Zone across the street from Senor Frogs, but once you enter this lush, green environment you'll forget that you are in one of the busiest areas of Cancun. They have an extensive menu geared towards...  Read More

The Surfin Burrito
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil


This tiny, open-air restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they are always serving delicious food. Any time, day or night, you can order made-to-order burritos and tacos, nachos, taco salads, quesadillas, ceviche, and a few...  Read More

El Galeon del Caribe (Las Pescadillas)
Photo courtesy of Myrna Carrillo - Myrnation


El Galeon del Caribe aka Las Pescadillas, is a rustic (to say the least) hidden treasure in Cancun's Hotel Zone. Tucked in between the mangroves on Nichupte Lagoon at km 19.4 of Kukulcan Boulevard (across the street from the GR Solaris Cancun)...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse


There are many restaurants on the lagoon in Cancun, but Mocambo is one of the few oceanfront eateries in town. Located right next to Playa Caracol, a popular public beach, Mocambo serves up some of Cancun's best seafood. Open for lunch and...  Read More

Hotel Zone


Los de Pescado's menu is very small, but the economical items they serve are out of this world. This is a local favorite, with locations all over Cancun, including one in the Hotel Zone across the street from the InterContinental Presidente...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil


This is one of the best places in Cancun to go for a sandwich. Fresh baguettes or croissants are piled high with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. The garlic mayonaise served on these sandwiches makes them highly addictive. The restaurant opens...  Read More



This casual seafood restaurant is located smack in the middle of the Hotel Zone but it's a local favorite. El Fish Fritanga's restaurant is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm but their taco stand is open from 7 am until 1 am. This is a great spot...  Read More



Blue Gecko Cantina is a tiny little restaurant with a palapa roof and a neon sign, located at kilometer 16 of Boulevard Kukulcan on the lagoon side of the street in Cancun's Hotel Zone. The place may be small, but the tacos are huge. The mixed...  Read More

El Cafe Mexicano
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun


This beautifully decorated restaurant has lots of windows, with excellent views of the pool and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Open for breakfast and lunch, diners may order from the menu or enjoy an elaborate buffet with hot and...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin